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Arranged in order of date.

Platteville Black graduates to teach in inner cities

Source: Soul City Times (Milwaukee, WI) 28 May 1970; transcribed by MCK:

PLATTEVILLE, Wis.--After receiving their degrees this year, six of the seven Black graduates from Wisconsin State University Platteville plan to teach in inner city schools. Several of them want to teach in Milwaukee.

Herman Orr, 2935 N. 20th st., Milwaukee, will return to the inner core schools after he receives his master's in counselor education this August.

Orr's experience in this area goes back to the time when he was a high school student working with the recreation park department. Later he taught in Milwaukee for three years.

Another Milwaukee resident, Robert Kendricks, 3023 N. 12th st., plans to teach Black students in a predominately Black school in the inner core. Roberta is a graduate of Rufus King High School and will receive her B.S. in Secondary Education May 24. She has a double major in English and Physical Education.

Lillian Williams Laurence, Milwaukee, has wanted to teach as long as she can remember. Following graduation, she hopes to teach primary grades in an inner core school. A graduate of North Division High School, she was Homecoming Queen and Prom Queen and a member of the Future Teachers Association.

The WSU-P graduates from Racine also hope to teach in inner core schools. Jacqueline Johnson, 1116 Lockwood Ave., Racine, plans to teach in a school in Milwaukee's inner city. Gardenia Farris, 1815 N. 12th st., Racine, would like to teach upper elementary grades in Washington D.C.'s inner city.

Both are graduates of St. Catherine's High School, Racine.

Sharon Clark, 448 S. Pierpont ave., Rockford, hopes to be a kindergarten teacher in Milwaukee's inner city following graduation. She is a graduate of Auburn High School, Rockford.

The seventh graduate, Andrew Hopgood, 22, of 2952 N. 7th st., Milwaukee, will graduate this spring with a B.S. in Industrial Technology. He will continue his education at Platteville this fall in guidance.

Hopgood plans to try for employment in personnel work in an industry in Milwaukee and providing he would qualify at a later date, he would like to be a guidance counselor for inner core students.

A product of the inner core, Hopgood believes the Black students need help in deciding what they can and want to do, what college they might attend and that financial assistance is available. He cited his own case of having attended college for some time before he knew he was eligible for assistance.

Like Hopgood, Herman Orr hopes he will be able to find what the needs of inner core students are and that he can tune in to their problems.

Being Black and being male, plus having advanced training in counseling will, in Orr's estimation, give him a greater chance to help students to identify with him, since there are few male teachers, and even fewer Black males, working in the school system.

Orr will concentrate on preventive counseling, to meet quickly many of the problems facing students in this area of Milwaukee.

Orr will have some help from his wife, Saundra, who expects to earn her master's degree in elementary education next January. Mrs. Orr, who taught for three years in Milwaukee after getting a bachelor's at Hampton Institute in Virginia, intends to teach in the core area. She is concentrating in the field of reading but expects to be a regular classroom teacher.


Platteville's 'Ebony' Wants Unity, Harmony

by Vevlon Days

Source: Milwaukee Star (Milwaukee, WI) 20 Nov 1971; transcribed by MCK:

The president of the Ebony Organization, Gregory George, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, stated that the objective of the Ebony Organization is to bring unity among the Black students on campus by giving them an organization to identify themselves with.

The Ebony Organization of U.W. Platteville campus was founded in 1967 by William Clay, a former philosophy major at Platteville.

The membership of the Ebony Organization in 1967 was approximately 45 students. This year it has increased to approximately 85 students.

During the 1971 fall semester, Kurtis Kindschi of the financial aids office and Tom Jonas of the speech department spoke to the organization. Ebony Organization had a Homecoming Dance featuring Bad Axe and the Syntel Review from Milwaukee. The Ebony queen, Mildred Goodrum, was crowned and Dr. Harold Hutcheson, dean of the College of Education, was presented a bracelet at the dance.

Although the organization is functioning fairly well as reported by the president of the organization, it does have financial problems.

In the future, the Ebony Organization plans to have speakers visit the Platteville campus, organize round tables to discuss race relations, and make trips to other colleges to establish a better relationship among Black students at the colleges.

The organization is also trying to function with the white students in the U.W. Platteville system in an effort to achieve racial harmony and a better social atmosphere for Blacks attending Platteville.

Plans for Black History Week are in preparation. President Gregory George feels that it will be a success.


Former Milwaukee Buck at UW-Platteville

Source: Milwaukee Star (Milwaukee, WI) 13 Feb 1975; transcribed by MCK:

Former Milwaukee Buck star Oscar Robertson spent much of Thursday at the UW-Platteville, where he spoke to various groups, presented a speech on education and received a plaque from Platteville businessmen. Robertson accepts the plaque from Richard Roesler, left, of the First National Bank of Platteville.


Platteville Students Elected to Office

Source: Milwaukee Star (Milwaukee, WI) 13 May 1976; transcribed by MCK:

Platteville, Wi--Among the new student senators at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville are Dan Johnson and John J. Williams of Milwaukee.

Daniel Johnson, 5417 N. 24th pl., an industrial arts education major at the university, is representing the College of Industry.

John J. Williams, formerly of 4130 N. 14th st., in counseling and guidance, represents the Graduate School on the senate.

The 69 year old graduate student retired as director of Manpower Development for the Milwaukee Urban League. After he earns his master's degree he wants to work with the Milwaukee community schools and with affirmative action programs in industry.


Area woman at Platteville

Source: Milwaukee Star (Milwaukee, WI) 18 Nov 1976; transcribed by MCK:

Sabrina M. Grant of Milwaukee, has been accepted into teacher education at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Sabrina is the daughter of Mr. and Ms. Lloyd Grant, 924 W. Clarke st. and is majoring in elementary education.

Candidates for admission to teacher education are judged according to their grade point average, leadership abilities, and overall teaching attitude.


Loras College Scholarship

Source: The Platteville Journal (Platteville, WI) 15 May 2001; transcribed by MCK:

Jerrett Klar, a senior at Cuba City High School, is the recipient of a 2001-2002 Loras College Tuition Award. Loras College Tuition Awards are based on cumulative high school grade point averages and are worth 20 to 40 percent off tuition costs. He qualified to receive achievement award I, which is the highest qualifying level. His scholarship pays 40 percent of his tuition and is four year renewable making his award worth $24,304.

Klar, the son of Elmer and Ronda Klar, Dickeyville, plans to study criminal justice and play football at Loras in the fall.